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Attorney Highlight

Erica Cooper

Where did you got to school/obtain your degree?
I attended University of California, Santa Barbara for my undergrad and attended Golden Gate University School of Law for law school. 

What is your primary focus(es) in the practice of law?
My primary focuses are trusts and estates, specifically estate planning and probate/trust administration, as well as taxation and wills/trusts litigation. 

What has been your most fulfilling or rewarding experience in the practice of law?
Change is the only constant in the life of a trusts and estates professional. Tax laws, trust and estates laws,  and legislation, as well as clients’ needs and priorities and methods for achieving desired outcomes, are all ever-changing, which has resulted in my work being ever-changing as well. Never do I find myself bored or working on auto-pilot as there is always a new situation seeking resolution.

Where are you originally from and which MOBO Law office are you based out of?
I am originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. Currently, I split my time between the High Street office in Truckee and the Arlington office in Reno.  

Why did you undertake the practice of law?
I originally went to law school because I wanted to be in the FBI and believed that having a law degree would assist with that goal. While it certainly would have, my status as a foreigner did not. At that point, I chose to focus on the area of trusts and estates because I believe that my work provides my clients a sense of security in planning for their future, as well as the future of their families for generations to come. 

What made you choose MOBO Law?
After having our first baby, my husband and I wanted to leave San Francisco and move somewhere that would afford our kids the upbringing that we enjoyed growing up - namely, a childhood full of outdoor adventures, a sense of community, and being able to run amok in the neighborhood without any undue risks. Choosing MOBO Law was a no-brainer when I began researching the local law firms based on its principles, practices, and the people that make up the firm itself. 

What is the best part of your job?
The people I get to work with, both within the firm, as well as the clients themselves.

Trustee Duties for Charitable Trusts


On October 8, 2021, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 900 (AB-900), which modifies the California Probate Code as it relates to trustee duties for charitable trusts. Beginning on July 1, 2022, a trustee holding assets of a charitable trust will be required to give written notice to the Attorney General at least 20 days prior to the trustee selling, leasing, transferring, or otherwise disposing of all or substantially all of the charitable assets held in the trust. The Attorney General will establish rules and regulations to administer this new requirement on or after January 1, 2022. 
For further information about trustee duties related to charitable trusts, please contact MOBO or visit the following website:

Records Furnished by Contractors and Subcontractors

Effective September 27, 2021, California Assembly Bill - 1023 (AB-1023) imposes additional requirements for records furnished by contractors and subcontractors. 
For contractors and subcontractors to qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, or engage in performance of any public works contract, existing law requires that the contractor or subcontractor to be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations. Further, existing law holds that each contractor or subcontractor furnish specific payroll records to the Labor Commissioner on at least a monthly basis in a specified format. 
Pursuant to AB-1023, contractors or subcontractors involved in a bid, bid proposal, or performance of any public works contract are required to furnish certain payroll records at least once every 30 days throughout the period of time work is being performed on the project, as well as no later than 30 days after the final day of work related to a project. Additionally, these certain records must be provided electronically via the department’s website as prescribed by the Labor Commissioner. Any contractor or subcontractor who fails to furnish the required records in the proper manner within the required timeframes will be fined a penalty of $100 per day, not to exceed $5,000 per project. 
For further information regarding records to be furnished by contractors or subcontractors related to public works projects, please contact MOBO or visit the following website:

If you have questions regarding duties of trustees or required contractor practices, please contact MOBO LAW, LLP.

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